Accession Number : ADA316479

Title :   The Theater High Altitude Area Defense Program: An Interim Examination of its Acquisition Strategy.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Atkinson, James W.

PDF Url : ADA316479

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 91

Abstract : This thesis is an examination of the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program's implementation of the User Operational Evaluation System (UOES) acquisition strategy. The Missile Defense Act of 1991 imposed significant schedule risk on THAAD's development, necessitating the UOES strategy. The UOES risk management issues are analyzed using DOD's risk management guidance. This guidance incorporates some current methods, applications, and trends in using prototypes during development. Using this guidance, THAAD's tailored acquisition strategy is reviewed. From this review, lessons that have been learned from the program's experience are developed. The results show that as a result of programmatic risk the UOES strategy has resulted in a delay in fielding the full THAAD objective system.

Descriptors :   *THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *STRATEGY, *ACQUISITION, *OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, *HIGH ALTITUDE BOMBING, TEST AND EVALUATION, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), LESSONS LEARNED, THESES, PROTOTYPES, LIMITATIONS, SHIFTING, MILITARY CAPABILITIES, USER NEEDS, GUIDANCE, TREATIES.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE